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TIER 2 - BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI
AfricanMecca's Best Of Zambia & Victoria Falls Safari - TIER 2 sets out to discover key destinations for safari, cultural and historic heritage touring of Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park & Victoria Falls.
12 DAYS - TIER TWO ITINERARY FOR BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS
TIER 2 SAFARI SUMMARY FOR BEST OF ZAMBIA & VICTORIA FALLS
- 3 nights stay in Lower Zambezi National Park. Overnights at Chongwe River Camp.
- 3 nights stay in South Luangwa National Park. Overnights at Kapani Lodge.
- 3 nights stay in Kafue National Park. Overnights at Busanga Bush Camp.
- 2 nights stay at the the Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Overnights at David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa.
- Zambia meet and greet service at Lusaka International Airport.
- Flight From/To Lusaka – Lower Zambezi – South Luangwa – Kafue – Victoria Falls/Livingstone – Lusaka.
- Various noted activities are included with your overnight stay as indicated.
- Ability to customize and add more days to the existing program e.g Chobe, Okavango Delta, Kruger, Serengeti, Masai Mara, Cape Town
- This program can further be combined with other AfricanMecca safaris/itineraries/locations in Zambia or to include other parks and destinations within Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.
AfricanMecca guests need to arrive at Lusaka International Airport in Zambia. Subject to arrival timing, you may need an overnight in the city.
The Best Of Zambia Safari sets out to discover Zambia's 4 best (unique and diverse) eco-systems where wildlife viewing is unique to each park, activities are life changing experiences as well as setting foot on famed locations in Zambia leading to a very memorable experience. Visit the Kafue National Park, whose experiences are unmatched and the wildlife interaction are not scripted nor predictable. The wow! moment is rather unexpected and within a matter of a few second the whole experience unravels - whether it is the lechwe being stalked by the cheetah, the African hunting dogs appearance on the river banks or the real-time kill of a young impala by a leopard - Kafue is a genuinely wild experience. Lower Zambezi National Park is beautiful displaying its tall leadwoods, ebonies, acacias and figs stand on carpets of rich grassland. Wildlife congregates near the river which can be viewed on the specialty canoeing safaris. The South Luangwa National Park is one of Africa's biggest parks with territorial species of wildlife located in distinct/resident areas of the park. The visit to the park enables AfricanMecca clients to explore the beauty of the wilderness, wildlife, ecology, its specialty walking safari, unmatched day and night game viewing as well as the wilderness camp experience. South Luangwa wildlife include huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Of particular interest are the two subspecies unique to the Luangwa Valley: the beautiful thornicroft giraffe (with its dark patterned skin) and Cookson's wildebeest. The valley's main predators are lion, leopard and spotted hyena. During the day, lion seldom hide and are often seen, where as leopards hunt by night. Combine this with an experience of viewing the stunning Victoria Falls in Livingstone, one of Africa's (and world) wonders from an eye level or from above - either in a microlight or helicopter - it can't get any better than that!
LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival at the Lusaka International Airport, a guest relations’ transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests. They will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. Check in for your flight. Fly out to Lower Zambezi National Park, arriving at Royal Airstrip. You are met on arrival and transferred to Chongwe River Camp. The camp is situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi River, directly opposite Mana Pools. Under a complete canopy of huge Winterthorn Acacias, the camp occupies an unrivalled location, used twice by David Livingstone on his travels, as did Frederick Courtney Selous (See Selous Game Reserve In Tanzania), when he hunted in this, his favorite wilderness! Chongwe River Camp is a luxury 'bush camp' situated in a wilderness area; elephant are more numerous than people in the Albida grove. There are no fences and the animals have complete right of way. The Chongwe River is the boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park, a four thousand square kilometer pristine sanctuary, teeming with game, and said to be one of the continent's most picturesque wilderness areas. A policy of non-intrusive enjoyment of wildlife and low environmental impact has preserved the area and its wildlife.
Activities Included: Day game drives; Canoeing; Night game drives; Fishing; Walking safaris; River boating safari.
Overnight Accommodation: Chongwe River Camp
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Check in for your flight. Fly via Lusaka Airport to South Luangwa National Park, arriving at the Mfuwe Airport, the main town at the footsteps of South Luangwa. You are met on arrival and transferred to Kapani Lodge for your 3 nights Luangwa safari experience. Kapani means place of mopane trees. Kapani Lodge is an exclusive, private Norman Carr accommodation situated on the banks of one of the many ox-bow lagoons in the South Luangwa. South Luangwa is host to a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. Norman Carr Safaris pioneered the now famous "Zambia walking safari", which originated in South Luangwa and this still one of the finest ways to experience this pristine wilderness first-hand. The changing seasons add to South Luangwa's richness ranging from dry, bare bushveld in the southern hemisphere winter months to a lush green wonderland in the summer months. Norman Carr accommodations pride itself of offering a varied range of safari experiences. AfricanMecca's clients will be escorted by a team of Zambia's best safari guides and can choose between a simple, back-to-nature walking safari, journeying from one bush camp to the next; or alternatively set a slower pace with a longer stay at the main lodge, including plenty of game drives, good food and relaxation. Kapani Lodge accommodates just twenty guests and is open throughout the year. A thatched building in the center of the camp houses the lounge and library. It is pleasantly cool in the hot weather and warm and cozy in the cooler months with an open fire. A secluded swimming pool is available at Kapani Lodge.
Overnight Accommodation: Kapani Lodge
KAFUE NATIONAL PARK
After your morning activity and breakfast, fly to Kafue National Park via Lusaka or Livingstone. Arrive at the Busanga Airstrip, where you are met by your helicopter shuttle; transfer to Busanga Bush Camp. Your experience begins with the superb ascension with panoramic views of the woodlands and its dense foliage. The land mass opens up to beautiful grasslands in contrasting yellow, green and brown cut through by a river, creating a superb photographic experience as well as an opportunity to view game from above. The flatlands called the Busanga Plains, stretches in all directions as far as the eye can see - one of Zambia's most significant wetland resources and one of the few untouched by development or human activity. The lush grasslands are grazed by red lechwe antelope in their thousands, the ubiquitous puku, the stately sable and roan antelopes in the woodland to the diminutive oribi and duiker. The solid-rumped defassa waterbuck, herds of tsessebe, hartebeest, zebra and buffalo make for a full menu of antelope. The wealth of game on the plains of Kafue National Park are a big attraction for lions and prides of up to twenty are spotted regularly. Cheetah and leopard also roam the plains. Elephants are a stately sighting for clients on the Busanga Plains as this would mean they would have endured the long journey from the forests to the plains in search of water. Spend the days with early morning and mid-afternoon-night wildlife viewing, watching the birding interaction and spotting game in Africa's most precious gem.
Overnight Accommodation: Busanga Bush Camp
VICTORIA FALLS - LIVINGSTONE
An early breakfast is served. Fly to Livingstone via Lusaka. Upon arrival at the Livingstone International Airport by the Victoria Falls, a transfer officer will personally meet all arriving guests. He will be standing in the main arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. Thereafter, you will be transferred to David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa for two nights.
Activities Included: Guided Tour Of The Victoria Falls
Optional Victoria Falls Activities Available : Zambezi River Boat Cruise, Elephant or Horse Back Safaris, Seasonal Whitewater Rafting, Helicopter or Microlight Flight Over The Victoria Falls, Seasonal Livingstone Island Tour, Chief Mukuni Village Cultural Tour and many more.
Overnight Accommodation: David Livingstone Safari Lodge
DEPARTURE & TRIP EXTENSIONS
Day 12: Victoria Falls (Livingstone Town) Departure & Extensions
Breakfast. Transfer to Livingstone International Airport in time for your outbound departure flight or to continue with the below extension to Chobe
RECOMMENDED PRE AND POST SAFARI AND TOUR EXTENSION IN CHOBEAfter your Best Of Zambia & Victoria Falls Tour - TIER 2 safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to distinct destinations such as the Chobe National Park in Botswana. You can visit it before or after your Victoria Falls safari to harmoniously conclude with a coastal rest and relaxation in Cape Town in South Africa with speckled seaside, cultural, winelands and historic experiences. You may customize to include any other destination of your preference in Eastern and Southern Africa. The options are endless!
3 Nights Chobe Extension - (Botswana)
Transfer to Kasane. On arrival, transfer to Chobe Game Lodge for your 3 nights stay. Chobe Game Lodge is located within Chobe National Park. The only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park, Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base to explore Chobe National Park and the Chobe River. Its extensive facilities include a swimming pool with adjacent terrace and a grassy riverside boma area where a Marimba band or traditional dancers can perform. Each of the rooms at the lodge is river facing and air conditioned, featuring overhead fans, complimentary mini bar, en-suite bathrooms and private terrace. For those AfricanMecca Safaris guests who demand the ultimate in exclusivity, Chobe Game Lodge has four river view suites, each with their own plunge pool and a separate lounge area. Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where they come to drink, bathe and play. Sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are frequent reported in the area.
Activities Included: Land and water based activities - see accommodation for complete details.
Overnight Accommodation: Chobe Game Lodge
LOCATION OF YOUR DESTINATIONS IN ZAMBIA
We recommend you plan and book your Zambia safari at least 8 to 10 months prior to your arrival. Safari accommodations are almost fully booked all year round due to limited rooming capacity and high demand. Please contact us to customize your safari and request prices based on your travel preference.
PRICING REQUEST: For the most up to date, special or discounted pricing, please use the Contact Us Section to get in touch with us regarding planning your specialty Zambia safari as a independent safari or as part of a greater East Africa or Southern Africa tour. Multiple special offers are received and available on a regular basis for safaris in Zambia based on rooming availability and we will be happy to share these with you. This itinerary is a sample recommended itinerary experiencing the best Zambian parks given the number of days available to you.
(As courtesy information - Specific to David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa's location, the on site respective governing authorities - Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) will direct collect $10 for the whole stay and the Mosi-o-Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park fee is collected at $10 per day for all guests).
What are our Customers saying about our safari holidays?
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
Thomas Kelch - California, United States
Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements. It was a trip filled with different kinds of adventures. We experienced and learned so much. Would highly recommend it to others who are interested in similar trips. Wishing you the very best.
Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
Thank you for everything; we had an amazing honeymoon. Words really can't describe our experience, all we can really say was that it was the most amazing experience of our lives and we would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone. We hope to visit Africa again sometime next year! Thank you & all of your staff for an amazing & perfect honeymoon.
Rick Sagoo - London, United Kingdom
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